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>> the bart phones are ringing off the hook. our emails submission forms are flooded with concerned riders and concerned people from the bay area frustrated that we cannot tell them before midnight at a reasonable hour if the trains are going to be running tomorrow. >> we are equally getting the same calls. we guarantee you a much earlier announcement today because of that -- because of that concern. no later than 10:00. >> reporter: the uncertainty already has bart riders ing ok elsewhere. >> very clear that people are just taking ferries or staying home. our ridership is down 85,000 trips for weekday trips, friday, monday and tuesday. 85,000 trips down compared to what it normally is and expected to be. so people are clearly fed up with bart. >> reporter: meanwhile, the two sides remain at the table working on a deal that will likely contain interesting benefits no matter what the final outcome. for example, under the current contract, bart workers pay $92
a month for family healthcare coverage. bart wants to raise that to $132 a month with a 3% increase per year. but if workers decide not to take the bart plan and instead go on the ground their spouse' or partners' plans, bart still gives you $100. and that would go up to $350 a month under bart's offer. then there are the paid holidays and sick time buy- backs. bart workers' birthdays are paid holidays, one of 13 paid holidays they get each year, plus their vacation. they also get 12 sick days a year. if you don't get sick, you can bank up to 250 unused sick days about 50 weeks' worth and cash them out when you leave. >> last few days we have been kind of trying to grind it out. >> reporter: still, the question of whether the unions will call a strike remains up in the air. >> we're going to do everything we can to avert a strike. that doesn't mean we're not ready for a strike. that doesn't mean we're not able to pull off a work action. we don't want to. we're going to stay here and go
through this process with a federal mediation service and hope that both parties can achieve a deal. >> reporter: but at least this time, they have promised to come down earlier and let us know how things stand. ken? >> phil, it's amazing that benefits package that's included in some of the work rules, pretty extraordinary stuff if you go through it page like page, vending machines and break rooms and things like that they enjoy. this all being hashed out, huh? >> reporter: that is. and we have even more that we're going to tell you about at 6:00, okay? we're still going through the documents, as well. >> phil matier, thank you. stay with us for the latest bart developments or you can go to kpix.com. on to the even bigger shutdown in washington. the senate is voting as we speak on a bipartisan plan to re-open the government and avert an unprecedented national default. final approval from the house is expected tonight. the senate deal would fund the government through january 15th and raise the debt ceiling
until february 7 with no major changes to obamacare. the deal also directs congress to attempt a budget agreement by mid-december. meanwhile, stocks surged on news of the compromise. the dow was up more than 200. the s&p closed just 4 points shy of its all-time high. for more on what's the deal really entails and what's next we go to shannon travis in washington. what's the latest? >> reporter: well, the latest, liz, is right now, senators are one step closer to actually passing that compromise, that deal. they have taken one vote. they have another vote to go before it actually clears that hurdle. from there, it will go over to the house where we expect for it to pass in the house as well, liz. one open question, will a majority of republicans house lawmakers sign on to support this? we know that john boehner house speaker john boehner is urging his caucus to support this so that's where we are so far. we could see -- we could see president obama sign this bill
tonight and potentially the federal government starts to re- open tomorrow. >> shannon, let's talk about the next few months. once this short-term deal is signed, both parties will still have to work together on some long-term solutions. how's that going to work? >> reporter: well, that's really the sticking point. and that's really an open question. obviously, republicans and democrats, liz, haven't been able to coalesce around some common ideals thus far which is why we're at this point. but according to the agreement, part of the thing that they want to do is start the budget negotiations right away. have members from the house and from the senate come together and try to come together with a framework on a long-term budget deal. we'll see if they can do that or not seeing as how they haven't been able to do it in the past but that's the goal. >> at least with the short term deal they can buy more time and re-open the government. thank you, shannon. bay area businesses are eager for congress to end the government shutdown as you can imagine, but some tell us the
damage is already done. kpix 5's da lin talked to one oakland business owner who says the stalemate solution isn't good enough. reporter: the owner of city grill says he has never seen his restaurant this slow in the 7 years across the street from oakland's federal building. >> talk about government shutdown, i never thought it would happen. that's why i opened the business right next to them. >> reporter: he relies on the 3,000 workers to stay afloat. no workers, no money. >> first week i thought that's as bad as it can get. second week it dropped more. and this week, it is just like way more. >> reporter: in the beginning of the shutdown, he sent half his workers home early. now 16 days into the shutdown, he is cutting hours of everyone, all 7 of them. >> even my wife, she go home early now. i have to cut my wife's hours. >> reporter: no hard feelings, but a lot of anxiety. >> stressful, you know? so much stress to think about. i hope tends soon. >> reporter: sam says he won't
break even this month. he shows me his pg&e bill, $2,300 in september. the workers are hurting just as much, losing about $700 a month. they normally make $1,500 to $1,700 a month. a potential agreement to re- open the government temporarily isn't sitting too well with the people here because they worry they will have to deal with the same problem come january. >> my bid is not accepted. >> reporter: even if lawmakers re-open the government tomorrow, sam says it will take those federal workers a few weeks to open up their wallets since they haven't been getting paid. da lin in oakland, kpix 5. employees at the lawrence livermore lab are unsure if they will be returning to work because of the government shutdown. a spokesman says more than 6,000 employees at the research institute will be furloughed if there is no deal by next monday. only safety and security personnel would be on site. a bay area family wakes up
to explosions in their driveway. the household items that sparked these unbelievable flames. >> plane started shaking violently and after that, the plane started filling up with smoke. >> terror after take-off. the emergency that this passengers texting their loved ones good-bye. >> mainly sunny skies once again on the warmest day of the week. mid-80s in los gatos, stanford and rohnert park. how about 80 in the city? we're not going to stay this warm. so we'll talk about how much cooler we're going to get next. >> could change the notes and modified organisms. >> what are cheerios really made of? the push to change the most popular cereal in america. ,,
thought they hit a birth so they landed at oakland around 9 a.m. as a precaution. something was caught in the plane's engine but they don't know what it was. passengers were loaded on to another plane. we're hearing stories of terror from the passengers who were on a flight when a fire broke out midair. cell phone video captured the scary moments inside the cabin yesterday afternoon. spirit airlines jet was headed from dallas to atlanta when the engine exploded. >> we saw the flames come up the side of the plane which lit up the whole inside of the plane. it looking the like the inside of the plane was on fire. >> all the vents on the side of the aircraft were just pouring smoke. i mean, just white smoke. you couldn't see. that's when everyone got scared. >> one passenger was so scared, he sent a text to his wife reading, we're on fire! love you. >> the plane returned to dallas. everyone got off safely. in other bay area
headlines, a loud explosion and huge flames woke up a family in the dove court of neighborhood of pleasant hill early this morning. firefighters say flames broke out near the garage of a home then spread to cars on the driveway causing them to explode. officials blame oily rags along the outside of the home that spontaneously combusted. no one was hurt. a drunken night in vegas cost a cal law school grad his freedom. justin teixeira was cuffed taken to boot camp for beheading a bird at a resort. he was caught on tape chasing the bird around. he will serving his sentence when he finds out if he passes the california bar exam. a bay area county pulls the plug on a popular parade. >> it's a way of glorifying our fellow veterans that have been serving. >> the decision that has local veterans feeling snubbed. >> the bus sized meteor in russia left behind a giant souvenir. how things got rocky trying to
jalapeños, bacon, tomato and avocado. i call it, "the avocado da vinci". create your om'lart with denny's build your own omelette menu. women at the annual veterany parade. but len . for over a decade san jose has recognized the sacrifices of military servicemen and -women at the annual veterans day parade. but len ramirez says, this year's parade could be the last. len. >> reporter: ken, one of the
reasons why the vietnam memorial was placed where it is, is that it's right here on the parade route as veterans march down santa clara street on veterans day, they can look over and be reminded of the ultimate sacrifice that was made by others. but this year, when they pass through, it could be for a final salute. reporter: it was only a year after the first world war that veterans began proudly marching through downtown san jose and they have been doing it on veterans day without missing a beat ever since. >> 1919, when it first happened in washington, d.c. and then right away, we jumped into it. >> reporter: as president of the veterans council of santa clara county, ernie has organized san jose's veterans days parade for more than 40 years but this might be the city's last. >> it's a good chance it could be canceled. >> reporter: he says escalating police security costs and lack of interest from younger vets and the public at large are the reasons why. >> police department runs
anywhere from $13,000 to $14,000. and it runs us close to $100,000 a year. so what i want to try to do, being an 88 years old, the younger generation aren't interested in parades. >> reporter: glave says the city used to support the parade financially but due to tight budgets not anymore so he is launching a save the parade effort and hopes to raise half a million dollars to keep it going for at least five more years. >> if they want to cancel anything, why don't they cancel afghanistan, iraq? >> reporter: word was met with disappointment at this veterans housing facility in san jose. >> we're honorable in that we need to stand up, you know, and represent. >> it's very disturbing to me because of course i have been participating in the parades every year for years. >> reporter: he noticed the public's declining interest and growing detachment from the military. he says it's a shame if the people forget the sacrifices of veterans and their families. >> seems like we have good participation but people don't
come out and watch the parade so much anymore. so fewer and fewer people every year. >> reporter: and so the veterans council has its work cut out for it trying to raise half a million dollars. they are obviously going to go to some of the silicon valley businesses to try to raise some funds. they are also talking about forming a star-studded uso type show to try to bring some big stars down here to raise money, as well. reporting live in san jose, len ramirez, kpix 5. apple gets the green light for its new spaceship-like headquarters in cupertino. the city council voted unanimously last night to allow the circular shaped building near interstate 280. the design may look out of this world, but apple says it's completely green. >> the design will be the most environmentally-friendly friendly building of its size. we are going to make over 70% of the electricity that apple campus 2 will use on site through solar and fuel cells. >> apple says it hopes to start
demolishing existing buildings on the site by the end of the year to make way for the 2.8 million-square-foot campus. a new chancellor is in charge at san francisco city college. arthur tyler is taking over as the school struggles to maintain its accreditation. it stands to lose it next summer for failing to address various recommendations to improve its governance and finances. >> yes, we will get the accreditation done. yes, we will find a way to continue to be the best economic engine for this city and the surrounding region. >> tyler is a former administrator at community colleges in los angeles and sacramento. he is also a military veteran with a background in anti- terrorism. scientists in russia say they have recovered that mighty chunk of the meteorite that exploded over the sky back in february. you remember -- look at the size of this thing -- scientists found it at the bottom of a lake about 42 feet deep. they believe it may even be the
main part of the meteor. they had to use a special scale to weigh it. it weighed in at more than 1200 pounds before breaking apart. seems like these things only fall in russia. >> they do have the long and storied history of getting hit by meteors. >> a lot of dirt out there, though. >> siberia is quite large. so, yeah, they have -- >> didn't hit anybody or anything. >> best place for something that big to fall from the sky at about 20,000 miles an hour. our weather around here has been fantastic for you to get outside. we had a chilly start but a nice mild finish for some of you, warmest day of the week, san francisco. county tower mainly sunny. you hit 80 in san francisco today. two degrees warmer than that gorgeous day yesterday. mainly sunny skies looking back over the oakland bridge. look at this temperature trend. on saturday we barely got into the 60s in the city. 75 on monday. 78 yesterday. 80 degrees officially in downtown san francisco today.
tonight another chilly one but not as chilly as more marine air works in. upper 40s for you in concord, livermore and fremont. 41 santa rosa, san rafael 47. 53 the low tonight in san francisco. a huge ridge of high pressure which we typically see more in august or september, it's going to be with us for the next several days. there's a weak weather system moving through idaho and western montana. that actually plays into our weather even though it's pretty far away from us in that it's going to drag in a light to moderate onshore flow knocking our temperatures down from three to five degrees tomorrow afternoon. so you probably won't even notice it but it won't be as warm tomorrow. but our weather for each of the next seven days likely beyond all dominated by this, this ridge of high pressure not moving. until it does move, all the storms going to be up in british columbia and up in alaska, nowhere close to us. if you are thinking this is the time of year where we start seeing rainfall, it is, but we won't north next several days. the high pressure equals dry weather. it continues. not as warm near the water courtesy of that onshore flow but temperatures will still be near average or above average each of the next seven days.
enjoy it because we'll get cooler and wetter soon but not yet. tomorrow san jose 79. fremont 76. redwood city 79. cupertino 78. walnut creek, pittsburg, antioch, brentwood mid-80s. benicia 78. a little cooler in the city. 71. that's a significant drop but still pleasant. sausalito also 71. berkeley 74. petaluma 79. st. helena and cloverdale tomorrow sunshine for your thursday, and a high of 80 degrees. it's a very gradual cooling trend. by the weekend, we are in the upper 70s inland, low 70s near the bay. we should have such problems. next week, a couple of degrees cooler but one thing very absent from that, any chance of rain. zero chance of rain for the next seven days. >> not panic time yet? >> no. i'd say mid-november we should start seeing that spigot turn on. nowhere close yet. breaking news in washington. the senate has passed a bill to re-open the government and raise the nation's debt limit.
the measure now moves to the house for final approval. that's expected to happen shortly. the bipartisan compromise comes 16 days into a partial government shutdown. and just hours ahead of an unprecedented national default. a new battle over a favorite breakfast cereal. what cheerios is doing in europe it's refusing to do in the u.s. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
favorite breakfast cereal. on the consumerwatch: julie watts explains why an environmental group is tryio get "cheerios" to change its recipe. nats -- big battle brewing over a favorite breakfast serial. kpix 5 consumerwatch reporter julie watts on why a group is trying to get cheerios to change its recipe. reporter: it's the breakfast of choice for millions of americans. but dr. michelle perot isn't crazy about cheerios. >> it contains genetically modified organisms. >> reporter: the pediatrician is helping lead a campaign to convince general mills to remove genetically altered ingredients from the american version of cheerios. sold in europe, they are almost gmo-free. >> we're say why. why that difference?
>> reporter: well, labeling laws in europe require products with gmos to say so right on the box. >> prop 37 is bad for farmers. >> reporter: a measure that would have required the same disclosure here was defeated last year. >> i don't think that we should be just feeding any gmo products especially to babies. >> reporter: but does the science back that up? well, dr. perot and others behind the new campaign called deception at general mills say yes. >> we have a lots of clinical research showing us there profound health effects in animals fed gmos. >> reporter: she says gmos are also linked to intestinal problems in children. many scientists say more long- term testing on the safety of gmos is needed but general mills and the u.s. department of agriculture insist foods containing gmos are safe. so why cheerios and why now? >> we're looking at cheerios because it's often the first food that's introduced to babies. >> reporter: and because supporters of the movement hope by targeting the popular food
they will give america something to chew on. >> she loves cheerios. >> i was raised on cheerios as well as my parents. we're all doing fine. >> reporter: general mills points out it does already sell a gmo-free version of cheerios here in the u.s. under its cascadian farms brand. for a lengthy report and resources on gmo foods, head to kpix.com/consumerwatch. voters in washington state will decide in november if they want mandatory labeling of products containing gmos. >> got to read the labels, man. know what's inside. >> reporter: in this case, the gmos aren't necessarily going to be on the label. you don't know in the u.s. if there are gmos or if there aren't. >> don't you think this is something that's going to escalate? that more and more companies are probably going to have to start coming to grips with the fact that they need to change their formula -- >> reporter: i think we'll see more legislation and certainly more bills out there involving this. >> thank you. an army rangers injured in afghanistan makes an
inspirational salute scene round the world. josh hargis moved his wounded right hand and lifted it into a saluting position when he received the purple heart award yesterday. the cincinnati man was wounded by a suicide bomber. four other people were killed in the attack. now for a look at what's ahead on the "cbs evening news." >> scott pelley is standing by in new york. scott. >> reporter: hi, ken and liz. great to be with you in the bay area. well, as you've reported, congress has struck a deal to pay america's bills and re-open the government. but it only lasts for a few months. we are going to explain what happens next. we are going to introduce you to the man who waged the battle against obamacare that led the u.s. to the brink of default. we'll have all that for you tonight on the "cbs evening news" at 5:30 right after kpix 5 news. back to breaking news out of washington. these are live pictures of the senate floor right now. the president is expected to speak. there's the white house. and this is the senate just passing the bill to re-open the
government and raise the nation's debt limit. the measure now moves to the house for final approval. that's expected to happen a short time from now. the bipartisan compromise comes 16 days into the partial government shutdown and again, just hours ahead. just hours ahead of the possible national default. when the president speaks, we'll bring it to you. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
the president: the senate has voted to approve this agreement and democrats and republicans in the house still have an important vote to take but i want to thank the leaders of both parties for getting us to this pointed. once this agreement arrives on my desk i will sign it immediately. we'll begin re-opening our government immediately. and we can begin to lift this cloud of uncertainty and unease from our businesses and from the american people. i'll have more to say about this tomorrow. and i have some thoughts about how we can move forward in the remainder of the year and stay
focused on the job at hand. because there's a lot of work ahead of us including our need to earn back the trust of the american people that's been lost over the last few weeks. and we can begin to do that by addressing the real issues that they care about. i have said it before, i'll say it again: i'm willing to work with anybody -- i am eager to work with anybody, democrat or republican, house or senate members, on any idea that will grow our economy, create new jobs, strengthen the middle class, and get our fiscal house in order for the long term. i have never believed the democrats have a monopoly on good ideas. and despite the differences over the issue of shutting down our government, i'm convinced that democrats and republicans can pork together to make progress for america. in fact, there are things that we know will help strengthen our economy that we could get done before this year is out.
we still need to pass a law to fix our broken immigration system. we still need to pass a farm bill. and with the shutdown behind us and budget committees forming, we now have an opportunity to focus on a sensible budget that is responsible, that is fair and that helps hard working people all across this country. and we could get all these things done even this year if everybody comes together in a spirit of how are we going to move this country forward and put thlast three weeks behind us. that's what i believe the american people are looking for. not a focus on politics, not a focus on elections, but a focus on the concrete steps that can improve their lives. that's going to be my focus. i'm looking forward to congress doing the same. but once again, i want to thank the leadership for coming together and getting this done. hopefully next time it won't be in the th